The jury delivered its verdict Tuesday in the murder case of George Floyd, finding ex-police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
While Chauvin’s conviction signifies justice for George Floyd, the decision is one of the most important American legal decisions of the decade and its impact extends far beyond the death of one man. Rather, it represents justice for the millions of men and women who marched through their cities’ streets during the summer of 2020 and hope for the 46.5 million African Americans who call the United States home.
According to a report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, there were at least 7,750 demonstrations across the United States linked to the Black Lives Matter movement between the date of George Floyd’s death and August 22, 2020.
Over the last year, tens of millions of Americans mobilized in support of the movement and demanded change and justice, making it the largest movement in United States history.
A city that has been subject to an international spotlight over the past year, Minneapolis can now take a small sigh of relief and hopefully work toward healing now that there is some closure in the death of George Floyd.
However, the battle for racial justice in the United States is far from over. There have been multiple other high-profile officer-involved deaths of black Americans since the killing of George Floyd last year. Most recently, 20-year-old unarmed Black man Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota on April 11 during a traffic stop gone wrong.